Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator John O'Mahony that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to introduce an alternative scheme to replace the motorised transport grant.

I have also received notice from Senator Kevin Humphreys of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to reconsider the catchment area for the new secondary school in Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6.

I have also received notice from Senator Diarmuid Wilson of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to ensure the former Dún Uí Neill Army barracks in Cavan town is retained in its present layout in the event that accommodation is needed for the Permanent Defence Force in the central Border region.

I have also received notice from Senator Gabrielle McFadden of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to provide an update on the measures proposed to bring vacant dwellings back into use.

I have also received notice from Senator Colm Burke of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and flood relief to outline the number of residential properties which are owned by the OPW and currently vacant and the proposals to bring same into use.

I have also received notice from Senator Tim Lombard of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to investigate the option of developing an affordable housing scheme in Kinsale on the land under the ownership of Cork County Council.

I have also received notice from Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Finance to undertake a review of the criteria surrounding eligibility for a primary medical certificate.

I have also received notice from Senator Maria Byrne of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to consider implementing a BusConnects plan for public transport in Limerick city.

I have also received notice from Senator Ivana Bacik of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to provide an update on progress made to date in the conduct of the three-year review of the operation of section 7A of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993, as required under section 27 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017.

I have also received notice from Senator Michelle Mulherin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to review the legislation governing the energy regulator.

I have also received notice from Senator Frank Feighan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to provide an update on the N5 - Ballaghaderreen to Scramoge - project.

I have also received notice from Senator Paudie Coffey of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Employment and Social Protection to make a statement on the changes proposed to self-administered and private pension schemes; and the impact the proposed changes will have on schemes with fewer than 100 members.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators O’Mahony, Humphreys, Wilson and McFadden and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.